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Monday, June 06, 2011

I love almost all weekends. But this past weekend seemed more like a weekend than any other recent ones. Yay! It's been busy around here...

- Our couch broke. Like actually BROKE. We have (had) a wooden frame futon, and I think it was Thursday? Friday? when Brad sat back on it funny and the end just busted. Busted beyond repair. So yesterday we went out and bought ourselves a new couch. It comes on Wednesday. Yahoo!

- We have all our paperwork to send to Canada!!!!! Saturday afternoon I picked up the last of it, and today Brad is going to send it to Nova Scotia. It's been a long time coming, but it's finally happening! So exited!!! (It's getting send out UPS because of the postal strike.)

- I planted a bunch of flowers yesterday. They sure make the front porch look more inviting! I also trimmed some bushes that were getting ready to eat the front porch.

- Last night was Mexican night. Brad grilled some skirt steak and we had some delicious tortillas. Fresh farm strawberries with ice cream for dessert.

- water water water. I did not have enough yesterday, and I'm feeling sluggish this morning.
- Stick to eating what I have at lunch - no random snacks.
- Have some soup or stir-fry for dinner - haven't decided yet.

Have a super day!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/7/2011 12:46PM

    Mmm-hmm...sure, Brad sat on it funny. emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 6/6/2011 2:43PM

    looks like you are sticking to your plan

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GOEGIRL 6/6/2011 8:12AM

    Wow, sounds like an exciting weekend indeed!!!

and YAY!!!! Canada!!!!!! We'd be so lucky to have you.

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KIMBIES1124 6/6/2011 8:07AM

    I was so happy to see the sun this weekend. We had my son's graduation party on Saturday, so it was extra nice to be able to have it outdoors! Now it looks like a couple of days of 90 degree weather with sun and back to cold and rainy...

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PINKCOCONUT 6/6/2011 7:53AM

    YAY!!!!! Canada!!!!!!!!!!!

Our wooden futon did the exact same thing so now we finally have a grown-up couch! :)

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Food is not a reward...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

but I do use it to bargain with myself.

Maybe it's from being around 5-8 year old kids all day... I don't know. But here's what tonight's trip to the grocery store sounded like inside my head.

*Walking into the store "man, I'm really hungry. Just a little bag of chips."
*Walking toward the fruit "if I get some good fruit for a salad, I don't need the chips."
*Walking past the chips "A few chips won't hurt."
*Walking away from the chips "But I really want ice cream. So no chips."

I ended up getting a box of Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers Champ Cones. And I'm thrilled. And I'm going to have one with no guilt tonight because I stopped eating my dinner when I was full - I thought "this pork chop is going to taste even better tomorrow." And I packed it up for lunch.

The Champ Cone is still bargaining with me - write a blog and then I can have a Champ. Clean up the kitchen and I can have the Champ (the same one, I just like to delay the deliciousness). And I will probably do one more thing before I eat the Champ.

Tonight was a big step for me. I have been eating so horrible lately... tonight I was determined to break that cycle. And I know that an ice cream cone isn't health food, but I'm working really hard to make sure I'm not cutting things out, but instead focusing on foods I really want. Like I really want some ice cream. If I would say "no ice cream!" then I know that some day really soon I will devour an entire tub or two of Ben and Jerry's Cinnamon Buns. I didn't really want chips tonight - my dinner was much better.

Salad with black beans and blackberries, quick vinaigrette
Grilled pork chop (YUM), asparagus (from the farm!) and baby potatoes. Mango chutney on the side. I found a great all-natural chutney in the Indian aisle at the grocery store - nothing funny in it and the first ingredient is mango! Not sugar! Wahoo! I was kinda proud of myself for holding out for the grill. It was totally worth it.

I need to find some motivational stuff to read tonight... maybe while I eat my Champ.

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    All those conversations in your head can also make for a *really* long grocery trip - it takes me twice as long as my bf to shop, just because I'm having so many of those conversations!

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MARIA_VIGS 6/3/2011 11:42AM

    I do the same thing! I think ultimately, we're all just big kids. And sometimes you have to bargain with that kid inside of you to just behave!

Your dinner sounds delicious. I'm definitely going to try your salad with black beans and blackberries. Yum!

Great job breaking your bad eating cycle! Every little bit helps.

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JUDYFRANCE 6/3/2011 1:49AM

    You can always find the good stuff when you make the effort. Nothing really worthwhile comes super easy, you know. When I pass the chips at the store, a little voice from Monte Python's "Holy Grail" movie comes into my head. Remember when they were being attacked by a deadly rabbit? They kept yelling out in their silly English accents: "run away!, run away!". Well, that's the voice that keeps me from buying the chips.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/2/2011 9:54PM

    I totally agree with all your reasons why you're eating that ice cream cone - I found THIS to be "some motivational stuff" to read tonight!!

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FITKITTYMAMA 6/2/2011 9:43PM

    Sounds like you made some great choices!! And dinner sounds like it was really yummy!!

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5KPRINCESS 6/2/2011 8:40PM

    Wow! Your dinner sounds amazing!!! I would love to try the salad with black beans and sounds very refreshing for the summer! Congrats on battling your "inner voice"; that is not an easy thing to do. Stay strong and keep us informed on your progress. Good luck :)

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Happy Rocky Road Day!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Today's alarm message read "Burn off the Memorial Day flab!"

I'm a little behind on starting my June goal of reading motivational things throughout the day, but I figured a wake-up message was a good way to get going again.

Today's workout was awesome. I am going to be so buff at the end of the summer. Ha! There was something exciting at the gym today - I saw a man doing almost the same exercise I do - a push press with the 45-lb. barbell + plates. But there is something *I* do that he wasn't doing - I add a front squat before I do the press. So I guess I am doing *extra*-manly workouts! Yahoo!

Today's focus - eating cleanly and mindfully. Read motivational passages and quotes throughout the day so I remember why I am not gorging on M&Ms.

Oh - this morning I walked out to go to the gym, and the stupid raccoons got into the trash. The trash that had all kinds of nasty food in it that we had to throw away when the power was out for two days. So I shoveled up some really disgusting trash at 5:45 am. I considered that my warm-up.

- water water water!
- freggies freggies freggies!
- clean up my closet room and do a load of laundry
- Plan my dinner while I'm at school so I don't spend the night eating random stuff.

Have a great day!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/5/2011 10:00PM

    I'm not a huge fan of raccoons - they ate all my sweet corn last year. Little Fu*&ers.

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CAMROLA 6/2/2011 12:48PM

    When I read Rocky Road I thought of ice cream. Uh.... Great goals--you can do it!


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SEPPIESUSAN 6/2/2011 11:44AM


Good job staying focused on your goals and not eating any M&Ms! Today I looked at the muffins in the teachers' room and made a conscious decision to say NO!

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WENZTHAT 6/2/2011 11:34AM

    it's a struggle whenever i get home from class at 9:30-10 at night. i have to fight myself to not binge! i eat before class but by the time class is done and i've driven home, i'm usually hungry. i should probably start planning a snack or just chug water.

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PINKCOCONUT 6/2/2011 10:25AM

    Oh yeah, woman! You're so hardcore! Love it! Makes ya feel good when you know you're stronger than a dude, eh?

Thankfully our neighbourhood racoons tend to go for our neighbours garbage and not ours. Seems they don't care for a vegetarian garbage bin! Ha! I have, however, done my fair share of cleaning up their leftovers as my neighbour is elderly and I feel bad!

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KALIGIRL 6/2/2011 8:44AM

    Here's to "Burn off the Memorial Day flab!"
emoticon goals!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I can't believe how much garbage I ate over the weekend. Before this weekend, I can't remember the last time I had a hot dog or a hamburger. But over the weekend, I had at least two of each. I think I ate chips every day since Friday. Ugh.

So this morning I got on the scale like I do every morning and, boy, was it not nice to me.

I've written about this pattern of mine before - I start to get complacent about watching what I eat. "I'm doing great, I can have more chips." "I'm not as big as that other girl, I can have another hot dog."

This is not a good thing.

Tonight is my first CSA pickup of the season, so it's a great time to start a new nutrition commitment. When I read books and articles about eating clean, I get totally excited about it and swear off processed foods. I'm all gung-ho about putting good food into my body. So maybe part of June's Nutrition Commitment is going to be daily readings about whole foods and clean eating. Starting today, with my first CSA pickup. And even if I read the same passages over and over again, it's ok by me.

Today's To-Dos

- water water water! The heat is making me do really well with water drinking.
- Some sort of cardio tonight. I have the itch to get back into swimming...
- Gather nutrition articles for June

Have a great day!

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CAMROLA 5/31/2011 9:19PM

    I'm with you--really! I had a surprise visit from my mom, so not only did I eat and drink all weekend, not healthy, but got in very little exercise beyond walking. The scale indeed was not kind. BUT we know why, right? That's the very first step in getting back on track!


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GONE2014 5/31/2011 4:37PM

    Everyone needs an off weekend to remind us of why we do the on weekends : )

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TORTUETOO 5/31/2011 2:56PM

    Don't let one weekend of crap eating de-rail you and I won't let mine de-rail me. Deal? Clean-eating June, here we come! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 5/31/2011 12:31PM

    Great goals and glad you're picking up a CSA box. We got our first last Thursday and the salads have been divine!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/31/2011 11:42AM

    "I've written about this pattern of mine before - I start to get complacent about watching what I eat. 'I'm doing great, I can have more chips.' 'I'm not as big as that other girl, I can have another hot dog.'"

-This is just like me!

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WE_PA_FIT 5/31/2011 10:29AM

    I so hear you. complacency is the DEVIL. you can do this. you have a great plan.

Comment edited on: 5/31/2011 10:30:00 AM

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AARONSGIRL420 5/31/2011 9:26AM

    Water is on my to do list too. The heat is making me have crazy headaches. I am glad I did not make any cookout plans or I know I would have eaten way too much too.

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CHELSEYG29 5/31/2011 9:02AM

    I too didn't have the best weekend. Your blog was just the motivation I needed!

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    I had the same problem this weekend. My efforts HAVE to be consistent or this is going to become a big problem. I'm with you on the water and clean eating! Letsdo it Sparkfriend!

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I swear, if I see another ant...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

It's ant-in-the-house-season here in the Poconos. They are all trying to escape the humidity (and the tourists?) and are making their way into my house. I am on Ant Patrol, running around with the hand-held vacuum, sucking them up left and right. I guess there aren't *that* many, but it seems every time I turn around, there's another ant.

Don't feel like putting together a blog, so here are some things. In no particular order.

- Spent Thursday night through Saturday afternoon with no electricity or water. It sucked.

- Went to a picnic today. Had a good time, except someone spilled sangria on my skirt. My *white* skirt. I did learn that a mixture of baking soda, dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide takes out red wine stains. (I didn't wash the skirt yet, keep your fingers crossed!)

Brad is home... hooray!!!

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COOPSM 5/30/2011 10:57AM

    Carrie----we had ants too...won the war on them yesterday!!!! Hubby sprayed outside and I have some spray for the far so good.....hope you win soon!!!

Enjoy your time with Brad....glad you got power back!!!

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GOEGIRL 5/30/2011 9:52AM

    Wow, you've got all the summer stuff going on at once over there! I'm with you on the ants. I finally discovered a spray that works and that I can live with - good luck!

Oh, and apparently there are about 1 million times more ants in the world than people and it's estimated by some that ants may account for up to 10% of the world's terrestrial animal biomass. So it's not really surprising that a few end up in the kitchen.

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CFMOSS 5/30/2011 6:27AM

    Ants are unfortunately extremely hearty this year. Oh well. Have a wonderful memorial day. I have used a combo of dish detergent and peroxide on red wine stains and it really works - i used a toothbrush to work on the stain and it didn't vanish but with a little work it faded right away:) good luck:)

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/30/2011 6:00AM

    We did the traps things and call it an ant hom for the kids since they want to collect all of them for pets.

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MOMONTHERUN1 5/29/2011 10:50PM

    Ants here in Michigan too. Every year in the family room.

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HEALTH4LYFE 5/29/2011 10:06PM

    About a month ago, I was just like you sucking the little critters up with the vacuum hose. Every time I turned around, there they were. We sprayed the trail they had made, from the backyard, up the handrail of the deck, along the decking, onto the house and ended up in the kitchen. They were gone quite quickly!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/29/2011 9:57PM

    I hope the skirt didn't stain for you. And go get those ants!

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JENNSWIMS 5/29/2011 8:29PM

    We have ants too. I bought this ant stuff at Home Depot that you literally pour in a circle around your entire house. It worked quite well, but you also have to put ant traps down inside so you are killing the ones inside while preventing more from getting in.

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JILLTBNAGART 5/29/2011 8:28PM

    I'm with you. I dislike Ants intensely!

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